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Is Using Diapers 24×7 Harmful To My Baby: SOS Moms Reply

baby disposable diapersSana Khowaja wrote to us about a concern she has for her 4 month old baby boy. She says that she uses diapers 24×7 and would like to know if this is harmful to her baby. She is concerned for her baby’s health and has asked for some advice.

We asked our community of moms what they thought about this issue and have compiled their replies below.

When your child is very young, a lot of parents like using disposable diapers because of the convenience. This can not only be expensive for you but is also harmful to the environment.

There are also harmful chemicals present in diapers and some of these can be absorbed through your child’s delicate skin and can also cause rashes and allergies, so make sure you are using a good quality brand of disposable diaper.

Changing over to cloth diapers might be a better way to make a healthier choice for both, your baby and the environment. Organic cloth diapers are expensive, but they come with microfiber inserts and fit all sizes.

Brands like Bum Genius and Bum Chum are cloth diapers but they keep the baby’s bottom dry. They are highly absorbent, eco-friendly and cost-effective. You can get these diapers from Firstcry.

Using disposables 24×7 can also make it more difficult to potty train your child. It might be a good idea to use diapers only at night, when you want to get an uninterrupted sleep, or when going out, or if it is rainy or too cold, or if an older child is unwell and may wet the bed.

You can also use a Quick Dry bed protector along with the cloth diaper. During the day you could lay the baby on this mat without a diaper, because the mat soaks wetness and keeps the baby dry. It will also give your baby’s skin some breathing time. At night, apply coconut oil or Himalaya rash cream to avoid rashes.

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Thanks to all these parents for their great advice:

Anshu Duggal, Sakeena Ali, Vijayalakshmi Shanmugam, Jayita Sen Singha, Sangeeta Apoorv, Shuchita Gupta, Papiya Dawn, Fathima Sabana Fuad, Mary Niangliankim Zo, Parita Shah, Jaya Singhal Goyal, Vani Amarnath, Neha Kshitij Sagar, Nirmi Bisht, Amanpreet Bawa, Suman Singh, Sarika Singh, Amanpreet Bawa, Sarla Amit Kumar, Siya Borkar, Kaitki Nandan, Bindu Satish Nair, Padmavathi Meduri, Spanish Harlem, Ashwini Athani, Ashu Khatter, Anurita Ghosh Vagal, Pallabi Goswami Sarma Shachi Nilesh Atharv, Priyanka Darda, Siddhi Sharma, Christina Harijan, Vijaya Reddy, Sunita V. Patil, Sudeshna Patnaik, Pallabi Goswami Sarma, Sangeeta Apoorv, Neha Kshitij Sagar, Srila Panda, Shwetha Phaneendra, Rachna Kaul, Neha Kumra, Nainaysh Ibrath, Renauld Susanna, Ruchi Ravi Purwar, Priya Candida, Anupriya Bagga, Nassia Jasmine, JJ Sonia Kathet, Deepa Kanhere Takalkar, Aman Tiwari, Swapnila Sameer More, Rakesh Pahari, Swati Agarwalla, Jasmeet Kaur

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Safety For Little Ones: Tips For Newborns To 5 Year Old

safety lock for drawerChildren fall and tumble and this is a part of life. But there are few things which we could do to make sure that our kids avoid major accidents and injuries.

The house can be a very dangerous place for infants if it is not childproofed properly. Here are a few safety tips which parents should implement to childproof their home for infants and young children.

Newborns

• Try to change your baby’s nappy on a changing mat on the floor as they may roll off the bed if not supervised.

• Unless the baby is safely in its crib, don’t leave it unattended at any time of the day, even for a second.

• Prevent choking by ensuring nothing goes into their mouth except their own fingers, milk bottle or any safe and chewable teether or toy.

• One of the most common accidents for newborns is falling off high places. Avoid this accident by keeping one hand on your baby at all times or having pillows and cushions around it on the bed or installing a bed guard.

One To Three Year Olds:

• Always keep low furniture away from the windows. Install window locks or safety catches that prevent babies from climbing out.

• Cover all electrical outlets with safety covers and plugs so your little toddler cannot poke its fingers into the plug points and get a shock.

• Attach corner covers on sharp corners of furniture to prevent injuries.

• Don’t ever allow your baby to use a baby walker alone, as they are very dangerous and can cause serious accidents.

• Cover all the gaps between the balcony railings with boards or safety nets.

• Attach safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, so that the baby is not able to climb stairs without supervision.

Three To Five Year Olds

• Remove all small items that can easily get stuck in the child’s throat.

• Keep them out of the kitchen, away from kettles, pans and hot oven doors.

• Attach a safety lock on drawers so your child does not get its hand trapped or stuck in them.

• The backyard should be kept safe by having a soft surface underneath.

• Fence the backyard and keep power tools and garden equipment out of their reach.

• Keep all medicines safely locked away in a cabinet. Never leave them lying around the house.

Child safety continues to be one of the most important issues for parents even before the baby comes home from hospital. Most people think of their homes to be safe for their children, but unfortunately this is not true.

There are many objects and areas that adults can handle but might prove dangerous for kids. As a parent, you need to begin inspecting the house and taking measures for your child’s safety.

Baby Proofing Your House: Putting Safety First

baby proofingAn important task when you have a baby in the house is to make it safer for your child. When it comes to baby proofing your home, all you need to do is employ these simple child safety starters and you are on your way to creating a safer environment for your little one.

Pay a visit to the nearest superstore with a baby-proofing aisle and you are sure to find many products that are available to ensure safety for your baby. All you need to do is to include these simple child safety products and implement simple safety measures in your house.

Kitchen

Make sure that the kitchen cupboard, drawers and fridge have locks. Put sharp utensils and cutlery away to where they are not easily accessible by babies.

Don’t let your baby touch the oven door and make sure you do not push any hot drinks and knives to the back of your workup surfaces. If possible, keep your dustbin in a cupboard with a child resistant catch and store plastic bags out of your child’s reach.

Create Safe Havens

Make sure that your baby’s bedroom is well protected with electrical outlet covers, drawer latches, and furniture brackets and definitely with stairway gates. Your baby can then play safely in these spaces without you having to be around always.

Likewise, you may want to mark out certain rooms, like the formal living and dining rooms as baby free zones, so you can still enjoy some adult décor.

Bathroom

Always turn your home water heater down to 120 degrees to prevent the risk of burns on your baby’s soft skin. Never ever leave a child unsupervised in the bathtub with any kind of liquid.

Install toilet seat locks to prevent drowning and place all the medications and cleaning liquids out of your child’s reach. Keep the bathroom door closed when not in use to prevent your child from crawling inside.

Garden

If you have a pool, surround it with a fence that has a child resistant gate. Lock away all the garden equipment and pesticides in a secure shed area and check that there are no gaps in your fence or else you may find your little one finding their way out.

In addition, always ensure that low-level windows or doors have safety grills. The carpets shouldn’t be loose and make sure you tie up all blinds and curtain cords, keeping them well out of your baby’s reach. Install smoke detectors and fix latches and fly screens on the windows so they cannot be fully opened.

Even though child proofing is a never-ending task, how much or how little you do is completely up to you. But more than anything, it is constant supervision by one or more members of the family that is the finest safety measure of all.

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Essentials For Your Baby After Birth

Mums, the biggest urge to shop for the soon-to-arrive bundle is strongest during the final months… You may have been a controlled-shopper till now, but as the day approaches nearer and you know that your mobility is somewhat going to be restricted for the first few days or weeks, you want to stock up on everything for the little one.

It is an awesome experience to shop for your infant, but sometimes, we end up with goods that will have no use for the first few months, and will be a total waste of money and space back home.

To make it a little easier for you, we made a list of the essentials you would actually need once the baby has arrived:

1. Baby lotion, baby powder, baby cream, baby shampoo, nappy rash cream. You may also go for a top-to-toe baby wash that can be used on the head as well as the body. Check what suits your baby’s skin and your pocket.

2. You will need to stock up on loads of cloth nappies. During the first few days you will have to discard the nappy each time after it gets soiled.

3. Dettol. You need to disinfect all of baby’s clothes with the antiseptic.

4. Baby thermometer. The latest in the market is a strip that needs to be placed on baby’s forehead for as little as 15 seconds to see the temperature. You may also go for the traditional ones or the new ones that come with a beep once the temperature is recorded.

5. Baby dresses. Only buy in pure cotton for summers. Go for the ones which have buttons in the front as buttons in the back are uncomfortable for baby to sleep and can hurt their skin.

6. Baby bed linen. You usually get a full set that comprises of a sheet, a night suit, a cap, small pillow and a spread. Also, buy a baby comforter or blanket as per the weather.

7. Antiseptic cream for baby.

8. Baby booties and mittens.

9. Baby nail-cutters. You will be surprised to see how soon the nail growth takes place in babies. You trim baby’s nails and they will be back to their sharp and grown stage within 3-4 days!

10. Infant/Baby diapers. For the first few weeks you will need to take baby for regular check-ups. Doctors will advise you to put them in a diaper during such visits.

11. Baby carrier.

12. Dim lights. With a new-born in the room you would require to have some light on even when it’s goodnight time.

13. Baby scrap-book. Get this if you want to keep a track of your little one from the time of birth.

14. Sanitizer. You would need a big bottle of sanitizer right after baby’s birth as relatives and well-wishers begin to pour in and you would want them to first clean their hands.

15. Baby cot. You may not make baby sleep in the cot during the night, in most Indian households, babies always sleep together in the same bed with their parents. But during the day, when you are busy in other work or when you need your own rest, it is a good idea to keep baby in the baby cot during sleep time. This will also help baby sleep better.

16. Baby wipes. These will be your saviour for at least the next 3-4 years.
17. Baby Sweaters and jackets

18. Last and one of the most important on the list – A BABY NAME !!!

Pet Proofing Your Home For Baby

This week, Namrata, mum to a 09-month-old baby girl, wrote in to us with a problem that you can easily connect with – already having a pet at home when baby arrives.She said – ‘Since the time I shifted with my in-laws, my daughter kept getting cold and congestion. Initially we thought its here resistance problem, but soon realised it can be an allergy to pet hair. We did a small experiment by staying at my mum’s place for a month. Not only did my baby’s congestion vanish within a week, she also became quite active. I have to go back to my in-laws’ place now, and I can’t ask them to give away the pet. Please help me as to what I can do!’

For those who have a pet at home, its easy to say that the pet almost always becomes a part of the family, a family member itself. So what happens when a little one arrives and things change? How do you make sure that your baby’s health is not affected by the pet’s presence? Most pet owners who have a baby at home will agree that pets, especially dogs, are immensely fond of small babies and love to be around them, and as much as some people are fine with it and in fact love this whole bonding thing, most are not comfortable with the pet sniffing around the little one.

So how do you really manage? Here are a few most common and practical answers that have been shared by other mums who have faced a similar situation themselves. Have a look:

#1 Try and keep the pet away from the child. If the little one is a newborn, make sure the pet does not enter the baby’s room.

#2 If your baby is a toddler now and of a playing stage, try and get your baby in the habit of wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth while playing with the pet. Babies and children love playing with pets and vice versa, so let them bond, but be careful. Also, keep playtime regulated. Once playtime is over, make sure the pet is kept in a different part of the house. Let your pet loose when baby sleeps, but make sure the pet does not crawl up in the bed.

#3 For the initial few months, keep your pet away from the baby. Let your pet see the baby from a distance and get familiar with. Once baby crosses the first few months and is more strong and immune to surroundings, you can slowly let baby and pet be together for some time.

#4 Maintain hygiene in the house. Regularly brush off all furniture for traces of pet hair, sweep the floors and use a disinfectant to mop the floors. Make sure everyone washes their hands after touching the pet and before touching baby.

#5 If a family member of friend is willing, try and send your pet to them for a few months. But make sure you visit your pet at frequent intervals. Once your baby’s immunity is stronger, you can bring the pet back home.

#6 To be sure, try and get baby checked for dust allergies. Sometimes, what is initially seen as pet-hair allergy, may actually be dust-allergy.

#7 You may contact a local pet-care place and let your pet be at a pet-day-care, bringing the pet back home at night. If your baby is suffering from allergies, do this for some months and then see if you can slowly manage a routine where both baby and pet can be at home at all times.

#8 Giving up a pet should be the last resort, as a pet not only teaches a child basic character traits of unconditional love and bonding, but also helps children grow into more affectionate, emotional, responsible and caring adults.

#9 Make sure that your pet is well-cared for and clean. Get your pet regularly treated, cut the hair and always look for ticks and lice. Bathe your pet often and dry out properly. Keep your pet vaccinated and make sure you follow proper eating habits for your pet and also teach your pet to relieve outside the house.

#10 Proper dusting, vaccuming, cleaning, will ensure your house is clean of germs. If your pet loves getting up on your couch/sofa, keep it covered with old sheets and when you sit on them, remove the sheets. Keep the house, especially, baby’s room and pet’s room, clean at all times.

It’s true that there can be no more loving companion for your baby than a pet. Not only does a pet love your baby for life, it also teaches your little one the most important lessons of love, compassion and companionship. Of course, if nothing works, then you don’t have a choice. But make sure you try every other option first.

All the best!

* Our special mommy contributors: Neelam Bhandari, Renuka Suradeep Nath, Neha Sharma, Harini Santhosh, Shraddha Majalkar, Richa Vivek Gupta, Jyoti Sharma, Nina Nair, Minu Sharma, Saumya Tandon, Bijit Baruah, Bantu Nagalakshmi

How to Choose a Breast Pump

Breast pumps are used when women need to store the feed for the baby. Breast pumps are ideal for the women who are ready to get back to work. Storing the milk ensures that the baby is not denied of the mother’s milk. There are other reasons why a breast pump can be used, for ex. if a mom is under medication that is incompatible with breastfeeding,  an increase in the milk production or an occasional separation.

Basic Types of Breast Pumps

There are a variety of breast pumps available in the market. It is recommended that you try it out well before you return to work or leave your baby at the day-care

Breast pumps fall in three categories:

Manual Pumps

Manual breast pumps come with a pump piston or a squeeze handle that allows you to create a suction to empty the milk from your breast. Manual breast pumps are lightweight, and are easy to carry around. These also work quietly allowing you to express milk discreetly anywhere, anytime.

Since a manual pump empties only one breast at a time and involves the use of both the hands, some moms can find this very tiring and time consuming. There are new models available in the market that need occasional compressions on the handle after achieving let-down. Manual breast pumps are best suited for women who need to use this pump occasionally

Battery-Operated Pumps

Most battery operated pumps are hand held. This pump is ideal for the mom who needs to use this occasionally. While the pumps in this are portable, it could generally take a little longer to express milk. Batteries in this pump need to be changed constantly which can be costly.

Electric Pumps

Electric breast pumps come with single or  double pumping capabilities. If you are a full time working mom, it is a good idea to invest in a double  electronic pump. These allow milk to be expressed from both the breasts at a faster rate. Most of the newer designs are easy to use and also give options to store the milk.  There are single  electronic breast pumps that are available in the market which are a less-expensive alternative. These are better suited for a mom who works from the home.

10 Quick & Easy Tips To Include Exercising In Your Daily Routine

Whether you’re a mum who is a full-time mommy, or a mum who also works outside the house, waking up and running through the day, there is not much time a mom really gets for herself, and if you do manage a few minutes, you would rather sit down and take a few easy breaths, isn’t it? While none of us likes that baby-flab, there is hardly time to get into a hard-core exercise routine. We know! So we compiled 10 points that help you squeeze in a little exercise time in your daily routine and get back to that pre-pregnancy shape.

1. Walk Walk Walk: Yes, you heard us. It’s still the best way to kick away those extras we so don’t like. While many people prefer hitting the gym or working out on the treadmill, there is nothing as effective as a daily walk routine. 10 minutes, 20 minutes or 30-45 minutes, you take a pick. If you live close by your work place, walk down to the office at least one way, if not more. Leave the car/transportation and walk down to your local market. Put baby in a stroller and go for an evening walk. If possible, go for a post-dinner or early-morning walk.

2. Taking The Stairs: Yes, all those yummy mummies on television have been advertising it, and it actually does work. At office, at home, at a mall, take the stairs instead of the lift. In case you don’t live on a higher floor, spend 10-15 minutes a day using just one or two levels of staircase as a stepper. You will soon see how much it helps on the workout front!

3. Exercise As You Clean Up: Don’t look around for help to clean up that clutter your baby created. Instead, use it as an exercising device! Stand straight, bend down on your knees and go down on your haunches. Pick up that one item from the floor, keep it, then bend haunch and repeat. Do this as many times as you can without stressing yourself too much. Do not bend at the back. Only bend at the knees.

4. Baby-Lifts: Want to play with your little one and make it an exercise too? This one is for those whose babies are still in that ‘picking-up-in-arms’ age. Sit or lie-down at a comfortable and safe place, put your baby on your legs, a little below the knees, and make your knees go up-down-up-down. Tense those calf muscles and repeat as long as its comfortable and doesn’t hurt you.

5. TV-time crunches: If you love those TV serials, chances are you spend at least 30 minutes in front of the television. That is more than enough time you need. Use it to do some sitting crunches. Put your arms at the back of your head, fold in your legs and go back and forward, trying to touch your head to your knees. Remember to stop the moment you feel uncomfortable.

6. Stretches: You can do this anywhere, whether at home or during office hours as you sit in front of the computer. Stand up (or if you can’t, just sit) and stretch your arms as much as you can. Use a water bottle in both arms to add some weight and make it more effective. Stretch your legs. Stretch your waist. Stand on your toes and stretch those calves.

7. Play outdoors together: If you spend time at home with your baby and take them to the park, why not indulge in a little running around yourself? If you have to go to office and there is no time in the week, make this a weekend fun routine. Other fun sports activities you can do with your child are playing badminton, basketball, frisbee or simple touch and run!

8. Dance: And this is not just an exercise, it’s an instant mood-lifter. If you don’t get the time to enroll in a dance class, have some fun moments at home by dancing with your little one, hopping and jumping around, or dancing on your own, if its only for 15-20 minutes a day. You don’t really need an excuse to dance, but when the incentive is a toned and fit body, who wouldn’t want to?

9. Breathe-in Breathe-out routines: This is simple, can be done, and yet is quite effective. Select the type of breathing exercise that will work best for you depending on what you want from your exercise routine. Once decided, you can do this at home, at work, while shopping at the mall, practically anywhere really!

10.Eat and Sleep on time: Yes mums, we simply HAD to include this, didn’t we. Because YOU just don’t listen. As much as you try reducing that weight by skipping meals or breakfast (worst!), this is only going to make you gain, rather than lose. So please please eat, keeping a check on what you eat, so that it’s healthy and nutritious, and don’t stay hungry – trust us, it won’t help. And please, as much as it’s quite difficult, try to get as much close to the 08-hour sleep time as possible.

www.FirstCry.com | Chicco® Baby Control (Video Digital)

Chicco® Baby Control (Video Digital)

Chicco® Baby Control (Video Digital)

0 Month+, Winner of Baby innovation award 2010, Digital technology

The Baby Control Video Digital Plus  is a wireless video surveillance system which allows you to remain in constant contact with your baby. This model has a 2.4 inch screen with a special digital zoom function with enlarges the image to twice its …Read more size; it also has its own menu where you can set the date, time and alarm functions and even the brightness on the screen. Luminous LEDs indicate the level of noise in the baby’s room.The device in the baby’s room is fitted with an IR video camera which works in the dark and can easily be adjusted and orientated for better focus. It also has a range of lullabies and a night light to keep the baby company. Both devices (parent and baby) can run on batteries (rechargeable batteries included for the parent device) or plugged into the mains (two adaptors included). Vocal and video transmissions use the Hopping digital technology. Operating range: Approx. 150* m.

Features:

  1. 150m maximum range
  2. Wide display 2,4″
  3. Digital Zoom
  4. Display with date and time
  5. Alarm Function
  6. Voice activation
  7. Lullabies
  8. Night Light
  9. Rechargeable batteries parent’s unit included
  10. 100-240V ~, 50/60Hz

Price: Rs. 11999.00 | Rs. 10799.10

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www.FirstCry.com | Green Science Weather Station

Green Science Weather Station

Green Science Weather Station

8 years+, Kids labs fun science products

Observe and record the weather with your own multi-functional weather station. The kit features a wind vane, an anemometer, a thermometer and a rain gauge. Also experiment with the green house effect and create a terrarium in a bottle.

Contents:

  1. Thermometer
  2. Thermometer support arm
  3. 2 Halves of support column
  4. Rain Gauge support arm
  5. Funnel
  6. A plastic tube
  7. Wind Vane support arm
  8. Compass
  9. Anemometer support arm
  10. Anemometer cups
  11. Anemometer Hub
  12. Short Spindle
  13. Long Spindle
  14. Cap
  15. Screws
  16. And detailed instructions. Weather station can span in 22CM X 12CM when Assembled.

Price: Rs. 525.00

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